Science: Man-Made Weather

Snow will fall in Florida this summer. But the snow will be indoors—in the Army Air Forces' "Climatic Hangar." This $6,000,000 project, abuilding at Eglin Field Proving Ground since October 1944, and scheduled for completion in July, is far & away the most ambitious attempt yet made to synthesize the vagaries of nature. Its purpose: to test planes, equipment and men under every climatic condition.

Most tests will be made in a cavernous, windowless, heavily insulated hangar large enough to hold three 6-293. Floor area: 250 by 200 feet—just slightly smaller than Manhattan's Madison Square Garden. From a normal temperature of 80°...

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